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supporters you might want to look away for this part. in swing state virginia president obama is up by two points. in swing state new hampshire, it's president obama up by five points. in swing state pennsylvania, it's president obama up by seven points. do we still call michigan a swing state? mitt romney supporters you can drop your hands from in front of your eyes here. the latest poll in michigan has mr. obama up by four in michigan. which is a lot less than the 12-point and 14-point leads the president has also had in michigan polls there this month. but for what it's worth, i should also tell you we have national polls. for the national polls mitt romney supporters it's time for the finger vision. president obama up by five points. that's the fox news poll. the gallup dayly tracking poll had been quite close recently. now gallup shows president obama up by six. even really quite ostentatiously republican leaning rasmussen poll gives president obama a one-point advantage nationally. basically across the board in the polls that matter, in the states that matter, the obama campaign is a
in northern virginia. quote, romney/ryan doing more to fight the spread of lyme disease. this is first posted today by mother johns. here's another page of the flyer. what can a president do about lyme disease? really now? is mitt romney running for president because of tick-borne illness? really? or is somebody else on the campaign food chain making the decisions about what to campaign on? because it is when the freelancing happens, when people start getting desperate and taking matters into their own hands, that then maybe you get a presidential campaign that's trying to be about tick-borne diseases related to deer. maybe that will work in northern virginia? and sometimes it's your buddy, the other mogul with the yacht singing your yacht parking praises. because who among us has not had this challenge. then sometimes it's exactly what you think it's going to be. >> y'all sound like y'all are senior citizens, right? yeah, we don't want -- you don't want obama. you really don't want obama, because he'll get rid of your medicare. you might as well say good-bye to it. yeah, and i don't know if
. >>> well, now to politics and the fight for votes in swing states. mitt romney is heading to virginia where a recent poll conducted by quinnipiac university, "new york times" and cbs news shows the president with a slight edge over romney. he's up 49% to 45% over his republican rival in that battleground state. that's where we find cnn political editor paul steinhauser. paul, good morning. both campaigns working hard to get the boat out, of course, in virginia. a battleground on air, on the ground. how much are we talking about when it comes to this ad spending? >> we are talking about a lot of money, victor. this is a very important battleground state. remember, barack obama won the state four years ago. he was the first democrat victory since 1964 to win. as for ad spending, take a look at this. almost $12 million spent by president obama's election campaign and super pacs backing him. romney, just under 12 as well. independent super pacs backing him. the ad wars focused in the virginia beach, norfolk, tidewater area, virginia, noern virginia outside of d.c. those are the big markets in v
the case that the best defense is a better economy. >> in battle ground virginia both president obama and mitt romney pulled out the heavy artillery. romney slammed the president for the defense cuts coming at the end of the year. >> it is still a troubled and dangerous world and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. and when i become president of the united states, we will stop it. i will not cut our commitment to our military. >> the president once again blasted romney's hidden camera comments on the 47% of americans he dubbed victims of government dependence. >> i don't think we can get very far with heed lookers who write-off half the nation as a bunch of victims who never take responsibility for their own lives. >> 47% people of the people -- >> the obama campaign turned romney's remarks into a devastating new ad playing the words under the faces of families and veterans. >> and they will vote for this president no matter what. so my job is not worry about those people. they should take personal responsibility.
will have full tail fi president obama and mitt romney campaign in virginia today after nearly crossing pathed in ohio. tracie potts joins us from washington with all the tails. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. let's put virginia in persiv,sint obama won that state after they voted for republicans for over 40 years. then two years after he had been in office, they elected a republican governor. today, t president will try to win virginia ba. present obama and mt roey cagn vni today where median income is 23% higher than the national average and unemployment is way lower, under 6%. like ohio wednesday, the president's expected to hammer romney for hisomments on the 47% of voters who don'tay ta >>on know how many of you will be with me this time around. but -- but it doesn't matter because i'm rning to be your president, to represent everybody. >> we're going to help those who need our help. we're a cpassionate peop >>or ryen points behind in ohio. that's a bigger gap than nbc and "the washington post" reported. no republicans ever won the presidency without winning this state. >>
in the same battleground state. this time it's virginia where both men targeted the same group of voters. let's walk over to cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta who's been out on the campaign trail watching what's going on. another dramatic day. virginia, virginia, virginia. pretty important place. >> that's right. a rare visit to washington for me. but it's good to be home, wolf. all politics is local. so it was no surprise to hear both candidates hit on national security themes today in their speeches in virginia. but the state is much bigger than that. it's really a republican firewall for mitt romney. in battleground virginia, both president obama and mitt romney pulled out the heavy artillery before a group of veterans, romney slammed the president for the massive defense cuts part of the fiscal cliff coming at the end of the year. >> it is still a troubled and dangerous world. and the idea of cutting our military commitment by a trillion dollars over this decade is unthinkable. and devastating. and when i become president of the united states, we will stop it. i will not c
were on the stump in virginia. another swing state today. a rally in virginia beach the president called on americans to come together and re-claim common values of hard work, personal responsibility and look after neighbors. >> obama: if we re-claim those values now, if we rally around a new economic patriotism together, we can rebuild this economy together. we will grow the middle class together. we will move forward together. >> eliot: not surprisingly, the same themes play a prominent role in a two-minute long ad the obama campaign is playing in seven swing states including ohio and virginia. >> obama: it's time for a new economic patriotism. rooted in the belief that growing our economy begins with a strong, thriving middle class. compare my plan to governor romney's and decide for yourself. >> eliot: to help voters make the decision, the obama campaign also put out another ad today putting pictures of real people over mitt romney's notorious comments to wealthy donors about americans who don't pay inco
:26. i am steve chenevy. with your news update. now investigating virginia911 outages after june's storm.derecho people unableon 911 after the storm backup generators at center inntrol failed.n took days to restore 911 is to some people. as a little bit this morning on washington, central school students were today asto class ed theigators search gunman. shotouldn't was yesterday -- a student was shot yesterday. >> the morning commute still for a lot of folks. the gw parkway, the accident crowding the area. on the baltimore washington accident at the powder mill road. that drive the coming in from laurel. the inner loop as well was outer loop, the outer loop the lake continues into silver spring and loop you are slow, from college park metro.green belt jackie as a look at our forecast. >> good morning. we have been on the cool side. a warming trend. changes here in the forecast. to stay clear and sunny throughout the area. as we take a look at the today, mostly .unny we are back in the 80s. -83. the first chance of not until the weekend. much.nk you so thank you for watching. we are back
both president obama and mitt romney are campaigning in virginia, holding rallies at the same time. obama in virginia beach, romney in springfield. both campaigns talking jobs. >> you're going to look at what i've done and you can look at what he's done and you'll have a sense of who's going to be fighting for american workers. and you're going to look at his plan and you can look at my plan. because he wants to keep open these tax loopholes that encourage jobs overseas. i want to make sure that we're providing tax breaks for companies right here in america. i want to help big factories and small businesses double their exports. i want more goods stamped with made in america. i want to create 1 million new manufacturing jobs in the next four years. >> we know the result of the last four years. so we don't have to wonder what would happen if he were reelected. we see it. we see the high unemployment. we see the 23 million people out of work. we see kids coming out of school that can't find jobs. we see manufacturing. manufacturing jobs in the last four years have dropped by 582,000
and virginia that seven-point lead in ohio, people asking about the party and sampling, florida and virginia a little less democratic than what the exit polls showed in 2008. ohio a little more. but they also fit with what we know the campaigns are seeing which is the president got a bump. the question now, does it dissipate or not? i think that is of a concern to the romney campaign. >> this just in as they say, the romney camp has announced senator mccain will be holding events in new hampshire where we know he is so popular. >> one of eight or nine swing states. >> at a vfw event. >> under five. it's interesting, you look at these three and that's what's a little bit of concern to the romney campaign is that virginia, ohio, and florida, not looking as good today but there are still races under five points like colorado, new hampshire, wisconsin, nevada, iowa. >> yep. >> iowa less so. >> and show the tough root that mitt romney now has at this -- and this is a snap shot, of course, but your electoral -- >> do it this way, ohio is the one you have republicans biting their finger nails on. e
that is the other day president obama was campaigning down in virginia. he made that very remark. he was saying i know i have supporters out there in the audience but i wanted to talk to some of the folks who are watching on tv who may not be my supporters. mitt romney in some of his campaign remarks have said the same thing. so the mention are sounding a little more independent or centrist than they did in the past. >> gregg: what is curious and this is borne out by some of the polls, roughly 60% of the likely voters think the president's economic policies -- there it is -- have hurt the economy or made no difference at all. in other words, you have to add the bottom 38 plus 21. take a look at the other numbers. when asked if policies need changing, a stunning 73% said yes. how is it that an incumbent leads when voters are demanding change? >> that is the very big question of this election. mitt romney has tried to run as a change agent, but what the obama campaign has done very well is attack him in critical swing states that both candidates wanted to win. he has done a good job of disqualifyin
seven. good jobs and better schools in maryland. not west virginia. >>> good morning. breaking news. anti-american protesters attack a u.s. consulate in libya and the embassy in cairo, egypt. this after a controversial film ignites a wave of violence. this morning, libyan officials tell nbc news that the u.s. ambassador to libya is dead along with three others. we're live in cairo. >>> high expectations. apple unveiling its newest version of the iphone today. what are the new features? how much will it cost? and can it keep apple on top of the smartphone game? >>> and life after murder. the first images of scott peterson on death row at san quentin prison for the murder of his pregnant wife and unborn child. we'll talk to the journalist given ray access inside the notorious prison today, wednesday, september 12th, 2012. nbc-universal television captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1 ak-in rockefeller, plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to "today" on this wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm sav
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. or pythons. a mailer making the rounds in northern virginia from the romney campaign touts the candidate's strategy of doing more to fight the spread of lyme disease. yes, that is a real flir and earlier in the campaign, the bu r python was a concern for the obama team. a tweet from obama's press secretary ensured that residents knew the administration has banned import of the steak. now, you may laugh and there is some humor in this, but it is r very, very serious for some. ticks and snakes. because these micro targeting campaigns can really move the needle. they're important to crucial voters in crucial states like florida and virginia. ben smith, david frum, former adviser to george w. bush and corey elons. great to see you. so, you know, david, i have to say, lyme disease with so many to joke about this, it's got to be there's some crucial core of lyme disease cases and this is something people care about. turns out loudon county, northern virginia, has one of the highest rates of lyme disease in the country. could this issue really resognate? >> resognates with me. i've had lyme dis
iowa. joe biden heads to the same state today. paul ryan will head to new hampshire and virginia later. iowa has six electoral votes and they're getting all kinds of attention and lets you know how every single vote counts in the election. martha: crowd in iowa. many states will enjoy that kind of attention as we go through the process. bombshell senate report highlighting serious abuses we want to tell you. errors in how the social security administration doles out disability benefits that report, found more than a quarter of those benefits should never have been awarded. according to one estimate the average lifetime disability award gets sent out, $300,000. and this is why this report matters. last year some 10.6 million people received more than $128 billion in disability insurance payments. everybody wants them to go to the right people. the problem it looks like a quarter of them are going to people who don't deserve them or do not need them. stuart varney joins me right now, anchor of "varney & company" on the fox business network. this is a tom coburn-led report. he has always
in virginia and florida. in ohio, his lead is up to seven points in the nbc news/wall street journal poll. president obama took them all in 2008. romney needs to win at least two of these three states to win the presidency. he now trails outside the margin of error in all three. in other news, the president's job approval at 50% in ohio. 49% in florida and virginia. for if first time, 40% of voters in those states say the country is headed in the right direction. >>> the stock market will open way up this morning after the federal reserve announced a program to spur hiring. they will buy mortgage backed security and keep interest rates low for years. romney said the move is proof the president is failing to get the economy back on track. >> what bernanke is doing is saying the president is wrong. the president is saying the economy is making progress. bernanke is saying we have to print more money. >> you wouldn't reappoint him if you won? >> i would appoint someone i selected rather than the current incumbe incumbent. >> we turn to cnbc. jeff, what is the impact of fed action here? >> yo
in the city. >>> this morning, we have new numbers in ohio and virginia. a new fox news poll shows among likely voters president obama opening up leads, seven points in both of those states, ohio and virginia. meanwhile, in florida, the president has a five-point lead according to fox news. it's impossible for romney to win the votes he needs without florida, which carries 29 of the votes. a cnn poll shows the president leading romney by eight points in the state of michigan. romney will be campaigning in sarasota. last night in miami, the republican candidate held his first public rally in five days and the first since the hidden camera remarks about the 47%. that took him off his campaign message. a gallup poll says more than half of independent voters, the comments did not make a difference. 29% say they are less likely to vote for romney. 15% of americans say they are more likely to vote for him. the president seemed to support the idea of redistributing wealth 14 years ago. >> how we structure government systems that pool resources and hence facilitate some redistribution because i
with the hantavirus. three of them have died in states as far flung as california, pennsylvania and west virginia. and there could be more cases as far away as france. the main outbreak traced to the popular curry village campsite, where rhodens burroed into tents. now, a second site. warnings like these went out to 10,000 people who visited curry village since june. late this week, notices went out to an additional 19 visitors at tuolome visitors. 29,000 park visitors in all, all being warned about the hantavirus symptoms. they include fever, fatigue, and chills at first. they give way to coughing, breathing problems as the lungs filled with fluid. >> i had a mouse run across my head. scared me pretty good. >> the only way for someone to contract hantavirus, is to breathe in particles of mouse feces and fluid. >> reporter: it's easy to think the initial symptoms are a common flu. while there's no cure, early detection, as well as supervision, when a life is on the line. >>> new worries this morning about prince harry in afghanistan. the last time he was deployed, you may remember, he was a big s
as california, pennsylvania and west virginia. and there could be more cases as far away as france. the main outbreak traced to the popular curry village campsite, where rodents burrowed into tents. now, a second campsite in tuolomne. warnings like these went out to 10,000 people who visited curry village since june. late this week, notices went out to an additional 19 visitors at tuolomne visitors. 29,000 park visitors in all, all being warned about the hantavirus symptoms. they include fever, fatigue, and chills at first. they quickly give way to coughing, breathing problems as the lungs filled with fluid. and tourists are worried. >> i had a mouse run across my head. scared me pretty good. >> the only way for someone to contract hantavirus, is by breathing in particles of mouse feces and fluid. and it has to be an inclosed area, somewhere where there's not a lot of ventilation. >> reporter: warning visitors is crucial because it's easy to think the initial symptoms are a common flu. while there's no cure, early detection, through blood tests, increases survival rates, as well as supervisi
virginia through west virginia as well and into the western carolinas. this is all moving eastward. as it continues to strengthen through the rest of the morning and into this afternoon, we are actually going to see the potential for a possible severe weather outbreak. right now, though, we're looking at a lot of the lightning across the panhandle of florida. this is all going to continue to move to the north and east. pretty slowly. and the heaviest of the rain is now trying to move into areas across new jersey, stretching back into west virginia too. this rain, again, is going to continue to stream in from the south with lightning possible along with wind gusts up to 40 to 50 miles per hour. this area in bright yellow here, that's an area we could get reports of wind damage and also the possibility for isolated tornadoes. we look for that into this afternoon and evening as well. as we go through the rest of the night, we will start to see this push eastward. we will see some improvements as cooler air tries to work in through the rest of the week, lynn? >> dylan, thanks so much.
a weapon. >> the president was 360 miles away heading back to washington from a campaign rally in virginia beach. the white house said too busy to meet with israel's prime minister. the relationship has been tense, even frosty, an issue that mitt romney tried to exploit. >> president obama has thrown israel under the bus. >> reporter: the white house feels it is more in tune with voters. >> i executed on my foreign policy and one that the american people largely agree with. so, you know, if governor romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so. >> that was nbc's andrea mitchell reporting. >>> this morning iran is responding to netanyahu's red line comments saying it reserves the right to retaliate against any attack. meantime, new internal israeli government report finds that international sanctions are, in fact, hurting iran's economy but have not slowed down the nuclear program. the report calls for another round of sanctions to be implemented. >> in the race for the white house, we have got new batch of poll numbers coming out on three more battleground states
, 106 electoral votes up for grabs. president obama up three states. florida 49, 44. virginia 50, 43. if that's true, and that holds, then the governor loses, correct? >> you know,. we have got more polls than you can ever imagine. do you know how many national polls and daily tracking polls have been in the last 80 days? 83. if you imagine the national polls how many state polls we have h we have got to be careful about them. first of all be careful about reading too much into the polls. in mid september of 1980, ronald reagan was trailing jimmy carter 44 to 40 despite double digit inflation, double digit unemployment and double digit interest rates. by mid october reagan had dropped 1 point to 39 and carter had risen three points to 47. yet, as we all know it turned out a big blow out. >> bill: let me get this straight. in 1980, in the middle of october, just three weeks before the vote, carter was up 47-39 over reagan? >> right. now, part of this is, yeah, and the gallup. >> bill: that's amazing. >> we forget about it now. i remember at the time people -- i was the director of the
. look at virginia, plus five. these are key states. is the race over? >> absolutely not. and that happened pretty quickly, right, david, you saw change in the polls happen quickly. i'm here to tell you this morning. it can happen quickly back the other way. i think the beginning of that is wednesday, when governor romney for the first time gets on the same stage as the president of the united states, people can make a direct comparison about them and their visions for the future and wednesday night is the restart of the campaign and i think you'll start to see the numbers move back in the other direction. >> how do you restart the campaign, governor, at the last moment where you can reach tens of millions of people. why isn't it too late to believe that the presidential debates, after you announce your running mate, after you have a convention, that you can restart with the presidential debates? >> absolutely. you're going to have tens of millions of people for the very first time, david, really tuning in and paying attention to this race. and also, for the first time yo
hampshire, virginia ohio he is being severely outspent on television. >> stephanie: you mentioned ohio, internal polling has the president up by nearly double digits, which is why romney pulled his ads there as well. >> and all of that before he decided to denigrate half of the country. >> stephanie: yes, this is before -- this is taken before this whole latest -- this is not just a gaffe, this is the gaffe-a-palooza. >> this is a rare glimpse at honesty. i'm told he will be having an event? ohio this evening where we'll be kicking a dog for anyone who wants him to in an effort to improve his image. >> stephanie: i love this part the whole tea party party massaging their buttons once again, how else can they be losing to a kenyan muslim, fashionist -- and then you go there. >> i -- i may have been a little bit outrageous in a moment of happiness typing that out, but -- i mean this -- this is what they are headed towards because of their idiotsy, and when he does lose stephanie, we're going to have to deal with months and months you know why mitt romney lost he j
as a master orator. through ohio and virginia, this morning, a shift to that crucial first debate. overnight, a senior adviser to the romney campaign, sending a memo to romney surrogates. setting expectations low. saying president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker. and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in recent history. the governor had the same with us. >> he's a brilliant orator. >> reporter: romney will practice again this weekend. the president will travel to nevada this weekend for three days of prep. senator john kerry will play mitt romney. both sides are trying to avoid those infamous debate moments. >> you're likable enough, hillary. >> thank you. >> reporter: and there was that bet. >> 10,000 bucks? $10,000 bet? >> reporter: but so much of it rests with the candidate. the hbo film "game change," nicolle wallace is predicted trying to show sarah palin get ready for the debate. >> it wasn't my fault. i wasn't properly prepped. >> you weren't properly prepped because you wouldn't listen to us. >> reporter: takes you back, doesn't it? president ob
. here's gary from fairmont, west virginia. hey, gary. >> caller: how are you? >> bill: what's going on? >> caller: well, i'm a disabled veteran. 11 years on active duty. at the veterans administration on disability in 2007 for over 16 different items. i worked my whole life. but i am one of them 47%. it depends on the government. >> bill: gary, i'm sorry to do this. i just got enough time. gary exemplifies the people that mitt romney is talking about. served his country. paid his taxes. >> and not a victim! not a victim! >> bill: not a victim. not a freeloader. not a moocher. >> a servant to this nation. >> bill: exactly. people we ought to be saying thank you to rather than shame on you right? victoria, you and i we have so much fun when we get together. thank you for coming in. we'll see you again soon. >> thank you. >> bill: thanks for your good work on talk radio news. i'll be back with chris van hollen. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." i.q. will go way up. how are you ever going to solv
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, ohio, florida, virginia, just a couple of ways and he gets over the finish line. >> we talk about ohio. it's usually a bellwether, a couple of scenarios to run through here. i think this one shows if president obama takes ohio. >> we do. let me show you what happens when we give him ohio, watch the number change, and watch how close he gets to 220. gets him to 261 here. and now that means what? there's about four different scenarios, let me clean the map up here. four different scenarios now, savannah, that gets him to 270, but let's give romney the benefit of the doubt and assume that in the order of the other remaining eight states, florida, north carolina, wisconsin, though who knows now with packer fans how they will feel and whether they even show up to vote. >> had to get the football in. >> colorado, upset this them. you get him to 264 and leads up, and people kept asking me, what is this year's florida? what is this year's ohio? when you go through any scenario, i get -- i come to the state of virginia. virginia in 2008 was the state that most closely matched the national numbe
states. so much comes down to ohio, florida, virginia. we have the map right there, right now. mitt romney has to win two out of three of those states. heeds behind right now. >> you're going to hear what was mathematically possible. what mathematically possible usually isn't politically realistic. they have to plant a flag in ohio and fight like crazy. they have to fight to bring that ohio number closer. i believe them when they say that they're probably not ten back or eight back. but they're behind. and they acknowledge that. and you they have to pin a flag in florida, too. >> a republican cannot do that. they're spending three days in ohio this week. another new poll number out from our "washington post" poll this morning, showing views and perceptions of the romney campaign. 61% have an unfavorable view of the romney campaign. so much of governor romney's struggles in the last couple weeks. has errors by his campaign. >> if he were a sitting governor, that wouldn't matter too much because voters would have another window into how he runs things. but his campaign is now in need
both yesterday. they are going to be in virginia today. but they were both in ohio yesterday, and obama is leading big there if you believe the latest polls. yesterday there was an argument that hey some of the democrats are being more sampled in some of these polls. what do you think about that? >> if a poll in ohio says that obama is ahead by 8 or 10 points, i think that undoubtedly means that romney is behind in ohio, whatever the percentage. connell: maybe just a few points -- >> right. if there's a silver lining there, it is my sense if these people who say they will vote for obama do not feel strongly about it. i think there's still a lot of anxiety about where we are, and they are open to an argument from mitt romney about why obama's stewardship of the economy has been wrong for the country, but it hasn't quite been made yet. dagen: what is the one thing that mitt romney needs to do in denver next week, in the debate? >> i think he has to associate obama's economic record, the slow and declining growth rate, and the fact that unemployment went up to 9%, 9 1/2 percent early in hi
battleground states. the president has a five-point lead over romney in virginia and florida. and in ohio, his lead is up to seven points. >> and of course, john heilmann, these are all states that george w. bush won in 2004. virginia's a little wider than we could have expected. florida, a five-point lead in such a conservative state. this late in the game with few undecided voters is really telling. but the ohio number, again, continues to be -- >> devastating. >> -- the dagger in the romney campaign's heart if they can't -- if they can't pull that out and make that a closer race. seven points in ohio is devastating. the right track/wrong tracks in these states, all much better than they are in the rest of america. in ohio, the right track, 45% of ohio voters think that the country's headed in the right direction. >> look at those three numbers up there. 49, 49, 50, those are all, you know, the obvious point to make. you know, the president -- at 50 in ohio, those numbers are all approaching, you know, the numbers that you need to win those states. >> yep. >> and they're places the president
tonight. bus tour in ohio. campaigning in virginia. romney doesn't lead in any battleground states. but the campaign is making inroads in wisconsin. not surprisingly the president hoping to block any momentum made a saturday visit. picking up a milwaukee, and hitting a couple of fund-raisers. even though he won this state by 14 points, the president admits this year is harder in wisconsin. where the president went after romney's comments that 47% of americans are victims. >> i don't believe in just looking out for workers or businesses, or rich or poor, or 53% or 47%, i'm going to look out for everybody. that's why i'm running for a second term. that's why i need your vote. >> that's what the president wants to talk about when he's out on the campaign trial. romney's 47% comment. by the way, that was the president's first visit to wisconsin in 220 days, showing just how team obama is hoping to blunt any momentum romney may gain in some of those battleground states. dan? >> david kerley, thank you. >>> for more on all of this, let's bring in the hardest working man in news, his name
see virginia on there. okay. connecticut. but now, a number of those states are toss ups with democrats leading in several crucial ones including virginia, missouri and also, massachusetts. so, how much of this has to do with mitt romney? "outfront" tonight, dana bash and when races are this tight, it seems like everything must have an effect. whether it be romney's recent 47% remarks on people paying taxes or anything else, right? >> that's certainly the fear among republicans running a lot of these races. that is why with regard to this last controversy over mitt romney's 47% mark, the people who really could have potentially been hurt the most moved very, very fast to distance themselves from mitt romney. take a look at what i'm talking about. the senator from massachusetts. scott brown, who is behind before this. linda mcmahon, the candidate from connecticut and dean heller, the republican senator from nevada. i spoke with him for a fairly long time in the hall of the senate today and he was talking about why he totally disagrees with mitt romney and put it in interes
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